M63 Stockport East-West By-pass (J27 to J2)

By September 1974, the completion of Sale Eastern and Northenden By-pass, together with Sharston By-pass, had extended the M63 as far as Cheadle Heath. The need for its continuation, therefore, by the early construction of the of the 2½ mile long Stockport East-West By-pass, became increasingly important, not only as part of the Manchester Outer Ring Road but also as a means of relieving the A560, within the town.

L G Mouchel and Partners, Consulting Engineers, were appointed by the Department of Transport to undertake its design and subsequent supervision of construction.

Travid Brow interchangeFrom Cheadle Road, the proposed By-pass was to pass under the slip road connecting it to the A560, and continue alongside a sewage disposal works, before passing under a railway line and over the River Mersey. It then ran close to the Glazebrook-Godley Railway Line, and through disused sidings to a two-level interchange at Travis Brow, with connections to the A6.

Continuing under both the arches of the viaduct which carried the main Manchester-Crewe Railway, and the A6, it was to pass through the site of a former railway station before crossing the River Tame.

The By-pass was to terminate at a two-level interchange at the junction of Tiviot Way, the A560, and Brinnington Road, Portwood.

A total of 13 bridges and 3 pedestrian subways was required. The bridge carrying the Cheadle Exchange Railway Line over the By-pass was to be a four-span reinforced concrete structure designed, and the construction supervised, by British Rail. The River Mersey Bridge was designed with three-spans, of 50 feet, 100 feet and 50 feet, and a continuous post-tensioned prestressed concrete superstructure, at a 45° skew.

The route of the By-pass occupied part of the bed of the River Mersey, which it was necessary to divert between retaining walls. On the north side, the wall was to be 200 feet long and 40 feet high and on the south side, 500 feet long and 25 feet high.

The scheme for the dual three-lane carriageway By-pass was the subject of a Public Inquiry in 1977. A favourable decision enabled work to start on the first of two contracts, in June 1979 followed by the second, in February 1980.

Large areas of land required for the By-pass had been cleared by Stockport Borough Council under slum-clearance provisions. The works involved the demolition of over 100 houses and shops, 18 industrial premises, 5 public houses, a petrol station and 3 car showrooms.

The construction of the By-pass through the urban area entailed a number of unusual features.

Some 35,000 cubic yards of sewage sludge from the works at Cheadle Heath, had to be removed to a site at Altrincham.

St. Mary's Church and School, are immediately north and about 80 feet above the level of the By-pass, which is in a deep cutting at that point. The lower 50 feet is in sandstone rock and the soft ground above it is retained by a contiguous piled brick-faced wall held by ground anchors.

Pasing under the railway archesEast of Lancashire Hill and in order to minimise the land-take, the By-pass is contained within reinforced-earth retaining walls, with precast concrete facings.

The Main Line Railway Viaduct is a dominant feature within the centre of the town. Designed by George Watson Buck, it was completed in 1840 and is reputed to be the largest brick-built viaduct in the Country. As the By-pass was designed to pass through two of the spans, in shallow cutting, it was necessary to underpin the foundations of one of the piers in order to ensure adequate support.

Major service diversions were required. Much of this work had a great influence on the construction sequence. A6 is a main traffic artery and its importance was recognised by a requirement in the relevant Contract, that it must be kept open at all times. It was necessary for the existing Wellington Road Bridge carrying the A6 to be replaced and a temporary bridge was constructed, which was also used for diverted services.

The carriageway construction in the western of the two Contracts is a continuous reinforced concrete pavement, except over the River Mersey Bridge. Elsewhere, the carriageways are of conventional flexible construction with a wearing course of hot rolled asphalt.

The By-pass was completed and opened to traffic in July 1982.


Key Dates

M63 Stockport East-West By-pass (J27 to J2)
Statistics and options

Construction started June 1979 & February 1980
Opened to traffic July 1982



Archive Information

Vol. 6 M60 Junction 7, A56 to Junction 24, Denton



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Its Accession Number is 06115, and its Class Reference is D6115.



Junction 7 to Junction 4 Sharston



Map of Area 15, Trunk Road Network, with M60 Junction nos



Map of Greater Manchester with original Junction nos



Key Plan of the Sale Eastern & Northenden By-Pass



Recollections of Design and Construction by Peter F Johnson formerly of Consultants G.Maunsell and Partners



Construction Commentary by A P Howcroft, Resident Engineer



Construction Commentary by J.G.Jellicoe, Contractors Agent.



Completing the M60 by Neil Hewitt



Brochure Sale Eastern and Northenden By-Pass published during construction



Brochure Sale Eastern and Northenden By-Pass at opening by W.A.Downward, Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester



List of drawings held at the offices of G.Maunsell and Partners



List of documents held in the Library of the Maunsell U.K.Group



Four Coloured Aerial Photographs


Junction 4 to Junction 2, Cheadle. Sharston By-Pass



Brochure Sharston By-Pass & Interchange



Article in "The Consulting Engineer " April 1975


Junction 2 to Junction 27. Stockport East-West By-Pass



Brochure Stockport East West By-Pass April I980



Contract Details



Brochure at opening by David Howell MP on 30th July 1982


Junction 27 to Junction 24, Denton



Design Details by N.D. Smith



Construction Commentary Junction 27 to Junction 25. Not yet available



Construction Commentary Junction 25 to Junction 24. Not yet available



M63 Bredbury Bypass. Firm Programme Report October 1972



M63/M66 Portwood to Denton Preliminary Report. Part 1. Technical Appraisal Report



M63/M66 Portwood to Denton Preliminary Report. Part 1. Technical Appraisal Report FIGURES



M63/M66 Portwood to Denton Firm Programme Report November 1980. Volume 1



M63/M66 Portwood to Denton Firm Programme Report November 1980. Volume 2. Appendices.



M63/M66 Report of Local Inquiry Nov 1985



M63/M66 Brochure during construction 1988



M63/M66 General details of Rail Bridge No 70A



M63/M66 Extract from Parkman Review



Extract froth Parkman Review, Summer 1986 Vol 2 No 2 with reference to the Widening of Barton Bridge and the M63 /M66 new construction



Black and White Construction photographs on M66



Brochure M63/M66 Portwood to Denton at opening on 28th April 1989



Photograph at opening by Paul Channon, Minister of Transport



Article from Trident,Mersyside Chamber of Commerce June 1989



M63/M66 Photographs prior to construction



M63 Portwood to Brinnington Vidimus. Volumes 3A,3B,4A,4B,5



M63 Portwood to Brinnington Contract Documents Volumes 1,2,3



M66 Brinnington to Denton Vidimus. Volumes 3A,3B(Rigid),3A,3B(Flexible),5



M66 Brinnington to Denton, Contract Documents. Volumes 2,3A,4,5



Brinnington Maintenance Compound. Bills of Quantities



As Constructed Drawings Nos 4143/63/0Z8/01,8/02,8/03,8/04,8/05,8/06,8/07,8/08. 4143/ 63/0Z15/05, 15/06,15/07



M63 Progress Meeting Minutes Nos 1 to 20